Pontneddfechan - Waterfall.


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OS Outdoor Leisure Map: 12

OS Landranger Map: 160

Map Reference: SN915080

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Access: A465(T) from Merthyr Tydfil towards Neath. Go Past Hirwaun. Turn left on the A4109 going under the A465(T) and taking the first right (at the traffic lights?) onto the B4242 towards Pontneddfechan. In Pontneddfechan pass the public toilets and take the first right. This is the entrance to a housing estate. Keep going and at the end of the road is a very narrow bridge over the River Mellte, (Afon Mellte), followed by a car park. This is well used as youth groups, climbers and walkers all come and go from here. There is a closing time and it is locked so be wary.

Climbers use the impressive, Fortress Rock, a cliff face that dominates this location. Your route as the other path next to the River Sychryd has at the time of writing (2006) been declared unsafe. Go up a path to the rear of the car park, closer to Afon Mellte and next to Craig y Ddinas (or Dinas). After a while one reaches a flattish area. A little while further on bear right down past the old Dinas Silica Quarries. On reaching the river and close to a bridge the waterfall can be clearly see.



Comment: Warning: There have been a number of drownings at this location. For instance on the 3rd August 2001 Jason Dalton 17 years drowned trying to save a Lecturer and a fellow student. In 1998 Kevin Thomas drowned trying to save a schoolboy. BBC News story Link.


The Google Map Link indicates the waterfall is next to the Old Silica Mines. On the opposite side of the river is an old tunnel. Just above this fall is a wooden bridge crossing the river.


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